Sugar Out, Nutrition In!

Not every mother-to-be craves junk food during her pregnancy, but if you do, there are a few ways to switch out more nutritious food.

Pregnant woman eating fruit

Cravings are a part of life during pregnancy. Food cravings are nearly universal amongst mamas-to-be, and they can sometimes feel like they are a life or death matter. Unfortunately, some moms crave things that do not really belong on a pregnant mom’s menu. Yes, I was guilty -- during my first pregnancy I sat down and ate most of a bag of mini candy bars (hey, he was due around Halloween!) -- but there are a few tricks you can use to make subs that might satisfy your cravings.

If you crave sweets

Ice cream, cookies, chocolate, cake. The list can go on, and on, as you well know. Sometimes, nothing will satisfy that urge for sweets like the specific sugary treat you are craving. However, if you can control yourself long enough, try to eat some fruit instead. I know, I know, it isn’t the same. But fruit is full of naturally-occurring sugar and may just satisfy your sweet tooth -- at least for a little while. And fruits also have fiber, vitamins and minerals, which are all good for your pregnant body.

If you crave salty foods

If chips and fries are your faves, there are a few other things that might satisfy you. Foods like cheese, edamame, pumpkin seeds and olives contain sodium, but they also have nutrients that foods like chips and fries do not. You could also try some popcorn, but either hold the salt or add less than normal.

If you crave crunchy foods

If the crunch is why you love the chips, try raw veggies instead. Paired with a light ranch dip or hummus, it can satisfy your cravings while boosting your nutritional input for the day.

If you crave fatty foods

Not all fats are created equal. Some, like trans fat, are terrible for your heart and your overall health. Others, like the fats found in coconut oil, are terrific for you -- it can boost your energy and curb hunger. If you’re craving a run to the border for some fattening burritos, try a spoonful of coconut oil instead. Do you like guacamole? Avocado is full of healthy fats and is yummy to boot.

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